JOLIET – The Marmion baseball team edged Joliet Catholic, 2-1, in its season opener Wednesday, prevailing against a team highly regarded in several preseason polls.
“Sometimes the first game you play a little bit sloppy, but I think both teams played relatively well other than not hitting as much as they would have liked,” Cadets coach Dave Rakow said. “We’re happy to come away with a good win against a solid team.”
Playing at Joliet Junior College, Marmion scored both of its runs in the second inning by stringing together a walk, two singles and a fielder’s choice. RJ Gibson drove in a run for Marmion, while Will Dorjath had a hit, walked and scored.
Pitchers Alex Troop and Shane Carmody combined to stifle the Hilltoppers. Joliet Catholic, which scored in the final inning, had a runner on third with no outs against Carmody, who eluded further trouble.
“Two juniors who were calm and collected on the mound,” Rakow said. “I give Shane all the credit in the world for escaping the jam he did in a high-pressure situation.”
North loses pair: At Rent One Park in Marion, St. Charles North fell to 1-2 on its season-opening spring trip after losing to Lockport, 3-2, and to Cary-Grove, 10-0 in five innings. Cory Wright drove in a run for North against Lockport.
Cary-Grove’s Zach Marszal threw a five-inning no-hitter in the second game. The Trojans rallied for a six-run fifth to end the game.
Batavia 5, Willowbrook 0: At Villa Park, Batavia pitchers Luke Horton, Colby Green and Jacob Piechota combined on a three-hit shutout, striking out six.
Billy Zwick had two hits for Batavia, while Andrew Siegler drove in two runs. Laren Eustace smacked a solo home run.
Aurora Central Catholic 12, Plano 1 (5 inn.): At Plano, ACC freshman Paige Miller tossed a complete game, spacing five strikeouts and three hits.
Downer Grove South tournament: St. Charles North 2, Downers Grove South 0: North’s Alex Gage tallied the game winner on a first-half free kick before assisting on another goal after intermission. The North Stars improved to 3-0.